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shoutout for nancy pelosi, and senator peggy and norm. all of whole, all of whole -- [applause] not just great leadership, real deep personal commitment. and we should shout their names across the land. and i actually do not -- i can't consider the number of lives that have been transformed and saved by these people. and it must be millions. and people are alive because these people exist. jean is here tonight. these people are heros to me. this is civic duty. with the global citizens in mind, and actually, you know, if gork bush was here, and his daughter barbara is here, i know. i would kiss him on the lips. [laughter] i would give him an irish handshake. and, you know, it's incredible, it's incredible what george bush president bush's name is in the history book. his name in the -- greatest health crisis in 600 years. both sides working. bill clinton was here, -- i would get up and make a speech. explaining stuff. he's more of a rock star than i'll are ever be. i just want to thank bono. [applause] i want to thank bono for stepping away from the microphone. i knew he couldn't rhyme. i
mississippi, also john mccormick for massachusetts -- >> are you saying that nancy pelosi and john boehner don't do that? [laughter] >> no, there were no cell phones or fax machines. we answered letters with typewriters. that is a lot of it. they don't really socialize. one reason that joe and i could work together is our new joe and i love him. i wouldn't do anything mean to him. so that is a lot of it. the times have changed so much. in the senate, one of the problems is they got away from regular order. that's also the washington term. what it means of the senate bill to a committee and you have a hearing. you have oversight hearings and the mark of the bill and you have an amendment and tivo. you go to the house and senate. you go to the conference and the senate bill to the president that needs to be signed. they don't do that anymore. even the transportation bill, which they did finally get done this year, it went through a procedure because the house never passed the bill. but they round out getting a transportation bill. it's a combination of things. modern technology and frankly it is
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